History Of Reflexology
A Brief History and Pioneers of the Practice:
Foot reflexology has been welcomed complementary therapy for many people since the 1930’s as the feet are easily accessible and there is no need to undress. The modern history of reflexology as an art of stress reduction is based on the theory that the body is reflected on the feet in the shape of the body. This theory was developed by two American physicians, Dr. William FitzGerald and Dr. Joe Shelby Riley, in the 1920’s. In the 30’s Eunice Ingham brought her work to the people traveling the country speaking of reflexology and wrote, “The Stories the Feet Could Tell.”
Professional Membership Associations:
Standards in education and training are the foundation for the profession recognition of reflexology as a separate modality in the integrative health field by the government and other health care disciplines. In 1999 the American Commission for Accreditation of Reflexology Education and Training (ACARET) was established to offer an accreditation process for reflexology curricula and educators. All three of the organizations are non-profit corporations, not affiliated with any school, instructor, or business.
Credit: ARCB for Standards
The healing arts develop, evolve and spread through a dynamic interchange among people.
A Pictograph in the Tomb of the Physician Ankhmahor in Saqqara, Egypt, dates from 2330 BCE
The body organs and systems are fully represented in the feet and hands. By addressing these reflexes we address the entire body.
Documents from ancient China have footwork dating back 4,000 years. The history indicates an interrelationship between the meridians and vital energy points that run along the meridians.